By Rachel Jones | Photographs by Frances Del Duca
WHO: 130 guests, including Cheryl Tracy, executive
director of National Aviary, and her husband, Rick.
WHAT: Art lovers and National Aviary supporters alike perused original works, prints, and handmade gifts created by 40 talented wildlife artists. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres by Atria’s and up-close encounters with fine-feathered friends were also available for attendees to enjoy.
WHERE: National Aviary
HIGHLIGHTS: WTAE-TV’s Sally Wiggin emceed the live auction, which kicked off with an original painting by the event’s featured artist, Maria DeSimone Prascak, called “Moody Owls.” Every penny of this painting’s selling price supported the National Aviary. By night’s end, approximately $55,000 total was raised to help support the National Aviary’s avian medicine, education, and conservation programs locally and internationally.
“Fundraisers like the Wings & Wildlife Art Show are an important piece in helping to support [the National Aviary’s] critical work. Furthermore, this art show provides the opportunity to connect people to wildlife through art and introduces new audiences to the National Aviary. Creating an emotional connection to nature is an important foundation for building conservation mindedness and action, and helps to serve our mission.” — Cheryl Tracy